The Gateway Services Community Development District is holding on to approximately $650,000 worth of deposits associated with residents’ water bill accounts.
Typically the district has a $100 deposit for your potable (drinking) water account, and another $100 for your irrigation system account if you have one.
At the urging of Supervisor Rod Senior the district will now explore the possibility of refunding those deposits to residents who have a spotless payment record.
It makes sense. Some people have lived in Gateway for five, ten, even fifteen years or more and have never paid their water bill late. Why would the GSCDD need a deposit for those people?
Florida Power & Light returns deposits to people who have had the service for two years and who have responsibly paid their electric bill for one year straight. FPL does allow for one late payment in that year.
Now the GSCDD will be exploring the issue.
Senior also mentioned that some of the $650,000 on hand belongs to people who have left Gateway altogether. Senior said he wants to district to find a way to get that money returned to those ex-residents as well.
The topic of returning water bill deposits came up at the August 20, 2015 meeting of the Board of Supervisors.